Posts tagged ‘national museum’
Talk by: Boniface Mwangi & Prof. Kihumbu Thairu
For more info visit: http://www.livingproofmedia.com/
Host: Aaron Krucial Rimbui
Guest Star Artist: Eddy Grey
Festival Dates: December 9 -16, 2012
Events Line Up: Public Lectures, Writers in conversation, Readings, Performances, Art Exhibitions, Film Screenings
Venues: various venues – Kifaru Gardens, Kwani? Garden, National Museum,
University of Nairobi, Goethe Institut, Kuona Trust, Habesha, Kibera, KICC Helipad, Eastleigh, South B [map below]
Update: All the events scheduled to take place at University of Nairobi have been moved to the National Museum
Focus: Stories of the Horn of Africa with participating Countries – Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan & Kenya
Some of the writers confirmed for the festival are: Hadraawi – Somalia, Warsan Shire – Somalia, Sayadin Hersi – Somalia, Awes Osman – Somalia, Said Juma Hussein – Somalia, Chehem Watta – Djibouti, Meaza Worku – Ethiopia, Jamal Mahjoub – Sudan, Alemseged Tesfai – Eritrea, Nawal El Saadawi – Egypt, Kojo Laing – Ghana, Helon Habila – Nigeria, Deqa Abshir – Somalia/Kenya, Fawaz El Said – Sudan, Yassir Ali – Sudan, Altayeb Daw Elbeit – Sudan, Ermais Ekube – Ethiopia
A Snap Shot of the Programme
Date: December 9, 2012
Venue: Kifaru Gardens
Time: 2-10 pm
Music by: Waayaha Cusub and Kato& Band
DJ Set by: DJ Zelalem
Date: December 10, 2012
Venue: Goethe-Institut Nairobi, Monrovia Street
Time: 2.30 – 8 pm
Date: December 11, 2012
University of Nairobi National Museum
Time: 2– 7 pm
Date: December 12, 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30-8 pm
Date: December 13, 2012
Venues: Hotel Intercontinental,
Taifa Hall (University of Nairobi) & Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30– 7.30 pm
Date: December 14, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & Kuona Trust
Date: December 15, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & KICC Helipad
Entry: Free (National Museum)
Entry: Ksh 1,000 (KICC Helipad)
The Kwani? Literary Festival is organised by Kwani Trust on a biennial basis where the literary leaders of Kenya, enriched with visiting writers from around the world, turn their attention to one salient subject and explore it through the lenses of the continent’s past, present and emerging literatures. In 2012, the Litfest will focus on several geopolitical trends and shifts in Kenya’s immediate north to host literary conversations with the Horn of Africa.
It thus aims to act as a platform where the story of the Horn of Africa can be told, to an extent, not taking the political crisis narrative as the only story that exists.
Additionally, the pan-African exchange programme of Goethe-Institut Moving Africa will bring a further eight African writers to Nairobi.
The African Children’s Dance Company will hold their debut performance on December 9, 2012 at 3pm at the Louis Leakey Auditorium, located at the National Museum. They will be joined in performing Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Modern Dance by the Nairobi Jazz Dance Company, the Wee Ones Dancers, and will share the stage with the musical groups Almasi Acappella, Central Jazz, and the Miale Band. Tickets are KSH 700; KSH 800 at the door; children under 10 KSH 600. Call 0728 719 871 to MPESA for tickets or 0719 715 935 for more information, or email them firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates: November 3-31, 2012
Venue: Creativity Gallery, National Museum
Entry: Museum Rates Apply
When you turn on the radio and hip-hop tunes in, do you think music or din? That is the point that Victor Okoth addresses as he takes us on a musical art journey with striking compositions and installations motivated by hip-hop sounds and lyrics.
The main message in this exhibition, which resonates with American rapper Nas eighth studio album Hip-Hop Is Dead, is that whereas original hip-hop had deep messages that were intended by marginal black youth to shed light on contemporary politics, history, and race, today’s hip hop is caught in fierce crosswinds of vulgarism, bling-bling materialism and violence.
Hip-Hop is important to Okoth precisely because American hip hop artists are to some extend responsible for influencing social behaviour of Kenyan youth. And that is what provoked him to use his artistic expression to analyze hip-hop.
The exhibition begins by highlighting what Okoth sees as good hip-hop and ends with a dramatic installation of a shooting ring.
About Joseph Cartoon
Since selling his first piece in 1994 to Gallery Watatu, one of the earliest & most prestigious galleries of the time, Kenyan artist Cartoon (Joseph Njuguna) has participated in numerous group exhibitions and solo shows in East Africa, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Denmark, Japan, and Korea among other countries.
Some of his achievements include appearing on the cover of Contemporary African Art, a prestigious annual catalogue on Contemporary Art in Africa (1999) and winning the Royal Oversees League Award (2001, as well as being the only nominee from Africa). The latter award earned him a 2 year residency in the UK after which he continued to participate in local and world art projects that have seen him become one of the most collected artists in Kenya.
The powerful interplay of symbolism and colour is outstanding in Cartoon’s art that mainly features the traditional African woman, folk tales and daily aspects of the African family. Other outstanding features are mushrooms indicating the rich highlands where he was born and a chameleon acknowledging ever changing times.
Cartoon is married with two boys and lives and paints in Nairobi.
Concert: All That Jazz ChapterVIII w/ Aaron Rimbui feat. Chris Bittok, Nov. 1 2012 @ National Museum
Performances by: Aaron Rimbui Feat. Chris Bittok
Discovered Artistic Talents (DARTS) is an art organization that started in the year 2011 with the leadership of renowned Kenyan artist, Joseph Mbatia (Bertiers).
The main aim of this organization is to fish out untapped talent in the visual arts for social economic development by offering guidance, training, mentoring and a platform for exposure and exchange. It is out of the need to harness artistic potential, especially among the youth, that DARTS was formed.
This exhibition runs from 6 – 31 October 2012 at the Creativity Gallery
During the opening, there will be a small taste of flamenco fusion dance and have the presence of the artist.
Exhibition Dates: October 10-November 9, 2012
Throughout the exhibition, there will be screening of two films on the world of flamenco on;
Dates: October 18, 2012 “Alma Gitana” (Gipsy Soul) and October 25, 2012 “La Leyenda del Tiempo” (The Legend of Time).
The films will be screened continuously throughout the two days in the “Ford Hall” at the Museum.
The Kenya Museum Society and the Prehistory Club, National Museums of Kenya (NMK), invite you to a performance/show by PAST, South Africa, dubbed Walking Tall – October 3rd at 7.30pm
PAST (The Palaentological Scientific Trust) explores the complexity of human evolution and Mankind’s African origin using physical theatre to cut across language & cultural barriers.
Walking Tall has already performed to audiences in Belgium and Scandinavia but bringing it to East Africa is a first!
Get more information about PAST from: www.past.co.za/walking-tall
Festival Dates: September 22-29, 2012
Venues: Various [Alliance, the GoDown, Karura Forest, Mathare, Kangemi, Kibera, National Theatre, National Museum]
Tickets: Available at the festival venues & selected outlets
Samosa Festival ‘Unpacked’
Contrary to main assumption SAMOSA Festival is NOT a foodie event BUT a festival that was conceived with the idea of bringing Kenyan’s from all walks of life together to celebrate their cultures and heritage.
This festival is a biennial cultural platform which blends culture, music, poetry, art and drama to convey messages related to the cohesion and integration of our society.
Below is a list of events to look out for;
Moving Photography Exhibition: Kenya’s Beautiful People by Neil Thomas Sept. 20 – 29 @ All Festival Venues
Musical & Performance Workshops for Teenagers Sept. 20-21, 2012 @ the GoDown Arts Centre
Festival Curtain Raiser: Sidi Goma Concert, Sept. 22 2012 @ Alliance
Tickets: ksh 1,200
Outdoor Event/Community Tournament*: Samosa Play, Sept 23 2012 @ Karura Forest
This is an all Day Event which is Open to the public
Sponsors Night: Sidi Goma Concert, Sept. 24 2012 @ National Museum [Invite Only]
Samosa Mobile Cinema, Sept. 24-26 @ Mathare, Kangemi & Kibera respectively
Tides*: Cultural response to Corruption in Kenya, Sept. 25 2012 @ National Theatre
Tickets: Kshs 800
Hadithi*: The Art of Storytelling in Slam Poetry, Sept. 26 2012 @ National Theatre Courtyard
Tickets: Kshs 500
Concert in the Forest*: SAMOSA String & Sculpture, Sept. 27 2012 @ Karura Forest
Tickets: Kshs 1,500
Pigo la Moyo/Heartbeat of Kenya is her People*: Slum Drummers Vs Sidi Goma Vs Dhol Xtacy, Sept 29 2012 @ KICC
Tickets: Adults Kshs 1500, Students with ID Kshs 500 & children under 5 free
For additional information: Festival Website
Tel. contacts: 0728 SAMOSA 
FYI: SAMOSA stands for ‘South Asian Mosaic of Society and the Arts’
The Theatre Company presents Shungwaaya – an original Kenya Musical based on African Cultures , beliefs and taboos highlighting on the integrity of leadership, misuse of power and its influence on the unity of the society. It fuses modern performance techniques with traditional East African performance styles and the story is told through drama music and dance.
Amphitheater – Kenya National Museums 16th Sunday 2012 3 -4 pm
Shungwaaya is a mythical, musical theatre piece that tells the story of a community that faces the timeless challenges of individual greed, envy and lust as they struggle to form a society where people can live together harmoniously. The show is created through a mythical combination of the ancient cultures of East Africa, where a community is united, guided and tested by spiritual powers which are gifted to the people through chosen shamans or healers.
The play shows the initiation of a chosen one, Mwejuma, in the river, whom is handed the calabash which guards the ancestral spirits; a calabash which holds the powers of the spirits which protect and guide the community During the performance, we experience wrestling contests to choose community leaders; rituals that cleanse families and households, and the downfall of greedy men which brings calamities to their families. Young people fall in love and marry, betray and reconcile. The environment is an active character in the performance, being intricately connected with the community.
The story is told through powerful songs, dances and dialogue in the languages of East Africa, and also uses the kanga which brings color and beauty into the piece.
Shungwaaya has been created collectively by the members of the Performance Training and Development Programme in 2012. Three groups created the short performances Leaving Shungwaaya, Kukicha and Mwiba, which have been combined through TTC’s unique style to form the piece you will see.
The current production features Liz Enane, Hilary Namanjia, Dembede Mido, Squich Musau, Sylvia Namusassi, Carolyn Mutua and John Wasonga with Izzo Anyanga on percussion.
Choreography by Kitt Nyang’aya Kiarie and Musical Arrangments by Wafula Mukasa.
Directed by Keith Pearson.
We are the world – Nairobi International Children’s Art Exhibition, Sept. 12-30 2012 @ National Museum
Dates: September 12 – 30, 2012
Venue: Cultural Dynamism Gallery, Nairobi National Museum
Entry: Museum Rates Apply
The theme of this exhibition is ‘We are the World‘
This is a biannual event that works with children from all over the world. Entries this year are from Kenya, Germany, England, Egypt, Belarus, Poland, Iraq, India, USA, Cyprus, Finland, Bulgaria, Spain and Austria.
The Nairobi International Children’s exhibition is organized by Juhudi Children’s Club and supported by National Museums of Kenya, The GoDown, Sports Station, A24 Media
Exhibition: Come Baby Come – An Exhibition of paintings by Michael Soi, Sept 10-30 2012 @ National Museum’s Creativity Gallery
This exhibition features recent work that has been created in the last few months ranging from pubs, the Olympics, Kenyan politics and other things.
NB: The show has been rated as General Exhibition so you can go with the kids
Michael Soi is a member of what is termed as the second generation of Kenyan artists that emerged through kuona trust in the late 90′s among a group of other notable artists of his generation. In 1996, he began his career soon after graduating from art school as a sculptor and subsequently refined his own visual and artistic vocabulary over the years. He begun work that was more of social commentary revolving around everyday life of the ordinary Kenyan and this work has been well received by Kenyans living here in Kenya and in the diaspora who the artist basically addresses in his work.
His work has been collected by the Casoria Museum of Contemporary Art in Napoli, Italy, the Standard Chartered Bank (UK) and individuals like Luis Moreno Ocampo, Michela Wrong, Atsango Chesoni, Robert Deveraux among others.
Michael is based in Nairobi at the GoDown arts centre. This exhibition addresses issues observed on the last five months from football, bars, the Olympics among other things.
The Story Moja Hay Festival Stir Up: Presents The School Bell Rings. After the school bell rings, life begins.
The School Bell Rings is a new and entirely unique production, bringing in both brand new pieces and old favourites, but turning them all on their heads. More than just a spoken word event, it is a multi media production featuring music, film, spoken word and dance, showcasing a collection of some of the best Kenyan spoken word artists, all taking their pieces to the next level.
Artists include Kennet B, Wanjiku Mwaurah, Abu Sense, Moraa, Achieng Odhiambo, Zosi, SpeCfyd, Sam-O and music by Jemedari.
Date: Saturday 16th September 2012
Time: 9pm to 11pm
Venue: National Museum, Courtyard.
Price: ONLY 300/-
Tickets for the show also include access to the Up Lounge, a party hosted by Up magazine, starting at 7:00 pm till late.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/329553910460450/
Lecture: Managing Prehistory Resources in Eastern Africa, Sep 12 2012 @ Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
The National Museums of Kenya in collaboration with the Leakey Foundation, invite you to a special evening:
Title: “Managing Prehistory Resources in Eastern Africa: Opportunities and Challenges”
Presenter: Dr. Idle O. Farah (NMK Director-General)
Date:12th September 2012,
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium,
National Museums of Kenya
Time: 6.00 pm
Rasna Warah is a Daily Nation columnist and co-author of Mogadishu Then and Now: A Pictorial Tribute to Africa’s Most Wounded City.
It’s time to revamp your library!
Kenya Museum Society invites you for this year’s second hand book sale.
When: Fri 7 & Sat 8 September 2012 – not on Sunday 9 September as previously communicated in the title of this post.
Time: 10am – 4pm on both days.
Place: Nairobi National Museum
Contact Dorothy or Lucy 0724 255 299
Tel: 2339158 or 3743808
Dates: Ends August 31, 2012
Venue: National Museum of Kenya, Creativity Gallery
Entry: Museum Rates Apply
This is an exhibition by employees of the National Museums of Kenya (NMK). This is the first time that NMK is showcasing it’s own talented employees who are otherwise known by their regular titles as Doctors, Researchers, Exhibits designers, Scientists, Curators, Technicians, Secretaries and others.
Artistic skills on show range from painting, photography, installation, taxidermy, fashion…
Sanaa ya Makaratasi: African Paper Art-Process, Substance and Environment, Aug. 3-Oct. 31 2012 @ National Museum
Exhibition Dates: August 3-October 31, 2012
Entry: Museum Rates Apply
Art works range from drawings, paintings and prints on paper to non-conventional uses of paper.
This exhibition is curated by Lydia Galavu, Edward Mwaura Ndekere & Kristina Dziedzic Wright
Exhibit: Signs of History by Martha Delgado Ponce and Casandra Sabag Hillen, Jul 3-31 2012 @ Nairobi National Museum
The Mexican Embassy invites you to Signs of History: A joint exhibition by Martha Delgado Ponce and Casandra Sabag Hillen
July 3rd to 31st, 2012
Nairobi National Museum, Museum Hill
Cultural Dynamism Gallery
Opening reception July 3rd, 6.30pm
About the artists:
Both artists graduated from the National School of Plastic Arts (ENAP) of the Mexican National Autonomous University (UNAM). Martha Delgado is from the Education Continues Program and was a student in Maestro Ignacio Salazar’s workshop, and Casandra Sabag has a degree and postgraduate studies in Visual Arts; both are in search for the consolidation of a visual discourse that defines their identity as producers. The quality accomplished in their recent work is evident. In Contemporary Art, the elimination of a representation has become a norm and has been replaced by the presentation of objects in a way that illusion has become an exception in this context. In their journey, these artists intend to recover the representation of an image by means of the reappraisal of paintings. Even though each artist has their own plan, they both make use of photographic resources as an auxiliary tool for the development of their work, creating diverging paths.
Hiari-Options is a Painting exhibition by Justus Kyalo. This exhibition is being showcased at the Nairobi National Museums’ Creative Gallery, until June 30, 2012.
Time: Open Daily from 8:30am- 5:30pm
Entry: Museum rates apply